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Chili Goers Vote and Give Generously

The People’s Choice votes have been tallied and a record number of votes received have declared Razorback BBQ the People’s Choice Champion with the defending champion Longview coming in a close second place. The complete list of winners for the 12th annual Chili Cook-Off is as follows: 1st place meat: Cornell Hotel Society, 2nd place meat: Solaz, 3rd place meat: Collegetown Bagels. 1st place vegetarian: East Shore Café, 2nd place vegetarian: Longview, 3rd place vegetarian Viva Taqueria. Viva Taqueria also took home the new title of most spirited presentation while Ameritalia locked up the title of Best Wings and Life’s So Sweet was deemed best Specialty Item. New chili cook-off entrant the Mate Factor was declared the winner of Best Booth while the Peoples Chili Champion’s “Lipstick on a Pig” Chili came away the winner of Best Name.A few select attendees walked away from the Chili Cook-Off winners as well. Makenzie was the mechanical bull riding youth division champion with a time of 53 seconds, while Finley Schindler won the adult division with a time of 1 minute 15 seconds. In the much anticipated and highly competitive “Chili Idol” competition Glen Guthrie of Tioga County wowed the crowd with his smooth vocals and walked away the “Chili Idol” for 2010. In addition to having voted in record numbers and having won awards, chili patrons also gave generously to local and international causes. The fresh fruit and vegetable snack program at the Beverly J. Martin (BJM) Elementary School rose over $1,110 via their corn bread sales. Once a program of the USDA, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack program at BJM is now privately funded and 100% of the proceeds garnered through the Chili Cook-Off fundraiser will go directly to healthy snacks at BJM. Ithaca High School students were also on hand this past Saturday, raising money for the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee is currently directing funds toward the relief efforts in Haiti with an impressive 92 cents out of every dollar going to the people in need and only 8 cents going to administrative costs. The Ithaca High School students were able to raise over $400 in donations for Haiti this past Saturday.

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